Novice and experienced livestock showmen will compete Saturday, Nov. 15, during the annual Little International Show at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena southwest of Laramie.

Hosted by University of Wyoming’s Block and Bridle Club, the show serves as the culminating event for the 39 students enrolled in Animal Science 1070, Livestock Fitting and Showing. The class’s lead instructor, McKensie Harris, says major restructuring of the course will lead to a better experience for both novice and experienced showmen.

She says the course was previously more of an independent study. This year, the class is divided into two sections, novice and experienced showmen, and four undergrad species instructors -- one each for horse, sheep, swine and beef -- prepare lesson plans and meets with their respective students twice a week.

The novice students will benefit greatly because it’s not like they’ve never done it. They’ve been taught throughout the semester; they’ve had experience,” Harris says. “It will be a higher level of novice competition, I think, but still we want to encourage the experienced students because we want it to be a big event.

The show will kick off with an open division at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and entertainment, with the novice competition at 1 p.m. and the round robins for both divisions beginning at 3 p.m.

A celebrity showmanship contest is in the works as well. Harris says faculty and staff members from animal science and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are invited to compete.

“They don’t need to know anything about showing animals. They can come that morning, watch the open division and see how it goes. The novice students will be standing there with them telling them kind of how it goes,” she says. “Then, they’re given a horse, pig, lamb or heifer to show. It’s kind of for fun -- it’s a way to involve the campus more.”

Block and Bridle Club representatives, and students and instructors of ANSC 1070, encourage the campus and surrounding community to attend the event.

The Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena is at 460 Highway 230 southwest of Laramie.